Conference Faculty

Susan Adams is the Director of State Legislative & Regulatory Advocacy at ASHA and is the point person for the Speech-Language-Hearing Interstate Compact.

Amy Goldman is a technical assistance specialist with the national Assistive Technology Act Technical Assistance and Training Center (AT3). She is a member of the PA Board of Examiners for Speech-Language and Audiology and Secretary to the NCSB Board of Directors

Melanie Hudson is a Director at EBS Healthcare and is an ASHA Fellow. She currently serves on the ASHA Board of Directors as Chair of the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council. She has served on the ASHA Board of Ethics and currently serves on the Georgia Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Nahale Freeland Kalfas is a solo-practitioner specializing in Administrative Law. She received her J.D from Duke University School of Law. For the past 9 years, she has been responsible for prosecutorial hearings, settlements, rulemaking and legislative matters as General Counsel for the NC Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology.

Annette Hurley-Larmeu is the Chair for the Council on Academic Accreditation. She is Interim Head of Communication Disorders and Audiology Program Director at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans where she is a tenured Associate Professor.

Alison Lemke is the President of NCSB and a member of ASHA’s Committee on Leadership Cultivation (CLC). She served as VP of Planning for ASHA, President of the Iowa Speech-Language-Hearing Association and member/Vice Chair of the Iowa Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology.

Rick Masters is Special Counsel to the National Center for Interstate Compacts (‘NCIC’), which is affiliated with the Council of State Governments (‘CSG’), providing legal guidance concerning the law and use of interstate compacts, including application and enforcement as well legislative drafting of proposed compact statutes in conjunction with the various projects in which the NCIC is involved. He is also the co-author of the most comprehensive compilation of legal authorities and commentary on the subject published by the American Bar Association in 2016 entitled The Evolving Law and Use of Interstate Compacts: A Practitioner’s Guide.

George Purvis is an audiologist, member of the Kentucky Board of Examiners for SLP and Audiology and a member of the NCSB Board of Directors.

Kerri Phillips is the Past President of NCSB and current BOD member. She is NCSB’s point person for the Speech-Language-Hearing Interstate Compact.

Kathy Pruner is the Client Relations Director at Educational Testing Service (ETS). She provides assistance to ASHA, state departments of education, state boards of Audiology/Speech Pathology, institutions of higher education and candidates. Kathy has an M.B.A. from LaSalle University.

Theresa Rodgers is a Speech Pathologist and special education consultant with more than 30 years experience in the schools including as a special education supervisor. She is a former government CAO, Chair of ASHA’s Board of Ethics, and a LBESPA member. She is past president of CSAP, LSHA and NCSB and was an ASHA VP (2012-2014).

Jaci Russo is a brand strategist, author, podcast/radio host, and one-half of the founding team behind the Branding Agency, RUSSO. She has 25 years of branding and marketing experience on a national level in a variety of industries, large and small. As an author, Jaci has published numerous eBooks on branding and is the primary contributor to RUSSO’s Razor Branding Blog as well as Pinpoint for Health which focuses on branding for non-profit healthcare organizations. Jaci was named by Chase Bank as a member of the Top 20 Under 40 and in 2010 she was inducted into the Acadiana Business Hall of Fame.

Sherry Sancibrian has served as previous licensure board member and chair 2000-2006, current Presiding Officer 2015-2021 in Texas and previous NCSB board member and President.

Ayn Stehr has served as General Counsel to the Louisiana Board of Examiners for SLP and Audiology for over 20 years. She received her law degree from Southern University Law Center and her undergraduate and Master’s of social work degrees from Louisiana State University. Ayn is also an adjunct clinical professor of law at Louisiana State University.

Gregg Thornton is the Executive Director of the Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology. He was appointed by the Board in March 2009, and is responsible for managing board operations and executing all board directives. Gregg is an affiliate member with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Academy of Audiology and is a member of the National Council of State Boards of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Glenn Waguespack is a private practice audiologist, member of the Louisiana Board of Examiners for SLP and Audiology, NCSB editor and served two terms as NCSB President. He is a member of the ASHA Board of Ethics, past Chair of the ASHA CEB and CAA and was audiology Vice Chair for the ASHA CFCC. Glenn has provided ethics training for licensure board members as a part of the NCSB program for +10 years.

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